Thailand's Elephant Tribe: Searching for a New Path
In November 2020, one of Thailand's biggest festivals, the Surin Elephant Round-Up, took place -- despite the coronavirus pandemic. The event went ahead thanks largely to the passion of an ethnic tribe of elephant handlers. With a history of living with elephants that dates back centuries, the Kui people today depend heavily on income from tourism -- a livelihood that is now in danger of disappearing. We follow the people taking on new challenges in a long-running fight to preserve their culture.
The 60th Surin Elephant Festival was held thanks to the passion and hard work of the people of Surin
Elephant handlers are facing a critical situation due to the decline of tourists
Prakit, leader of the Kui elephant handlers, has been protecting and passing on the traditions of his tribe